UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief explores opioid crisis, alternative approaches during pain conference

CAPR also welcomes third cohort of Primary Care Pain Management Fellows

Optimizing and strengthening the primary care pain management workforce is a critical component to stemming the tide of the opioid epidemic. Last month, the UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief (CAPR) hosted a CME education course titled the Essentials of Primary Care Pain Management 2019.

Anesthesiologist Paul Cheng performs a low back pain exam on David Copenhaver, chair of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and education director of CAPR.
Anesthesiologist Paul Cheng performs a low back pain exam on David Copenhaver, chair of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and education director of CAPR.

The two-day conference brought together over 140 health professionals from throughout California and beyond to explore the wide array of options for and approaches to pain management for primary care providers.

“Practitioners face enormous challenges in trying to provide pain management for their patients, largely because they have inadequate education and resources needed to effectively treat people in pain,” said Scott Fishman, professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and director of CAPR. “We find that primary care clinicians are often surprised to find there are additional approaches and options for their patients.”

Faculty from UC Davis, Stanford University and Adventist Health gathered to share their expertise on diverse subjects including opioid tapering, neuropathic pain, migraine treatment, addiction and more. In addition to engaging lectures, attendees participated in small group activities that featured hands-on learning of topics ranging from performing an exam for back pain to promoting mindfulness. A highlight for many was the opportunity to discuss legal issues in pain management with Kimberly Kirchmeyer, executive director of the Medical Board of California.

The conference also served as the launch weekend for the third cohort of the UC Davis Train the Trainer (T3): Primary Care Pain Management Fellowship. The T3 Fellowship is a 10-month, multidisciplinary education program designed to close the gap in clinical pain education and to establish primary care programs staffed by providers with comprehensive skills to address pain through broad-based, bio-psycho-social interventions.

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CAPR welcomes the third and largest cohort of the UC Davis Train the Trainer (T3) Fellowship. Click here for a larger view.

To achieve this end, the fellowship provides advanced training, mentorship and clinical resources to strengthen provider self-efficacy in the safe and effective management of chronic and acute pain. Utilizing a train-the-trainer model, the fellowship empowers providers to impart new knowledge and practice methods to their medical provider peers in their communities, networks, and regions; thereby utilizing the multiplier effect to help optimize the healthcare workforce.

“The T3 Fellowship tackles issues impacting public health and safety, and the economic viability of care that supports healthy people rather than care that reacts to illness,” said David Copenhaver, chief of the Pain Medicine Division at UC Davis and CAPR education director.

For more information, visit the Center for Advancing Pain Relief website.